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Contributed by Leigh Ann Vaughn on 03/21/2010
Leigh Ann Vaughn, Associate Professor of Psychology, Audrey Harkness ('08), and Emily Clark ('08) have published an article titled, "The effect of incidental experiences of regulatory fit on trust," in this month's issue of Personal Relationships. The research showed that when people judge how much they trust an acquaintance, feeling right enhances trust. This occurs even when the activity that caused them to feel right had nothing to do with the person whose trustworthiness they are judging.
Vaughn, Harkness and Clark conducted this research in Professor Vaughn's Social Judgment Research Team over several years. The research was funded, in part, by an Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences Educational Initiative Grant. Thanks go to the following research team students for their help with materials development, data collection, and posters about this research: Melissa Ball ('08), Ellen Gagne ('09), Tanesia Harris ('08), Shamika Jackson ('09), Elizabeth June ('09), Rebecca Meltzer Lyon ('08), Melahat Ozses ('07), Rebecca Ramirez ('08), Lisa Schlessinger ('07), and Gregory Spirer ('09).
Personal Relationships is an interdisciplinary journal spanning psychology, sociology, communication studies, anthropology, family studies, child development, social work, and gerontology.